Budget Tip 2 – Making Online Restaurant Reservations
OpenTable is a 24-hour free online restaurant reservation network that my bookkeeper introduced me to last year and I have been using ever since.
Users register their email address and can then search places to eat by location, cuisine, time, date and/or price range. (FYI: if a time slot isn’t available online, then call the restaurant because many set aside extra tables and seating for walk-ins etc…)
You can create a favorite list, share ratings, read and write reviews, add reservation notes: “I prefer a certain waiter. I drink only Fiji water. We need a high chair. Please give us a booth. It’s a birthday party.”
Restaurants then use an Electronic Reservation Book (ERB) to keep track of customer’s online reservations and preferences: what you normally order, allergy concerns, you prefer a black napkin rather than white to avoid lint etc. (I assume they can track whether or not you’re a big spender/tipper too!)
But the best part is that with each reservation you keep, you earn 100 award points toward a dining certificate that you can use on member eateries. Some restaurants mght offer 1,000 points in order to fill up during off peak hours.
2000 pts = $20 and 5000 pts = $50.
And, they have a great free phone app!
PS: I’m sharing internet information from consumer’s and restauranteur’s standpoint’s that I came across while researching for this post: